More sniffer dogs for international airports

  • 05/08/2015
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International airports are getting a $27 million biosecurity boost.

By December there will be 20 new detector dog teams, five new x-ray machines and new ways to target passengers likely to carry pests like the Queensland fruit fly.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, who is responsible for biosecurity, says there's already 100 percent passenger screening.

"Biosecurity is my number one priority and these moves show how seriously we are taking this issue," he said today.

"This will provide a stronger presence at the border to deal with growing passenger numbers."

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